Florida State Seminoles vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Complete Game Preview

Perry Kostidakis@perrykosContributor INovember 6, 2013

Florida State Seminoles vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Complete Game Preview

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Take a deep breath, because finally, we've arrived.

    No. 2 Florida State (8-0, 6-0 ACC) is now past the hardest part of their schedule, with Miami and Clemson in the rear-view mirror. Now, the Seminoles have to avoid the late-season hangover and go to North Carolina to play Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4 ACC). In years past, this game could be looked at as a potential slip-up, but by all accounts, the Demon Deacons look to be another sacrifice in the Seminole's death march.

     

    Time: Noon ET

    Place: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

    TV: ABC/ESPN3

    Radio: Florida State IMGSportsNetwork

    Spread: Florida State by 35, according to Bovada.lv

    All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone unless otherwise noted.

Florida State Keys to Victory

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    Avoid the Slump

    FSU has notoriously had letdown games against lesser ACC opponents in the last couple of years, and if the Seminoles want to prove that they're not defined by their past, they're going to need to set the tone against Wake Forest early.

    The last time that these two teams met in Winston-Salem, Wake won 35-30. The Florida State players and coaches need to keep that in the back of their minds.

     

    Play Your Game

    Florida State is much more talented than the overmatched Demon Deacons, and FSU needs to make that point from kickoff. If they play like they have this whole season, the Seminoles will be fine. 

Wake Forest Keys to Victory

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    Don't Get Intimidated

    Yes, Florida State is the No. 2 team in the country and undefeated. And yes, the Seminoles have beaten three Top 25 teams by a margin of 155-28. And yes, they have a Heisman contender at quarterback.

    But that doesn't mean you have to get scared at the thought of facing them, right?

     

    Find a Four-Leaf Clover, Get a Lucky Horseshoe, Cross Their Fingers, etc.

    If the Demon Deacons want a chance at ruining Florida State's season on Saturday, they're gonna need a little bit of luck. 

Florida State Players to Watch

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    Devonta Freeman

    The junior made his mark on the nation with his game against Miami, and now Freeman will try to be the first 1,000-yard rusher for FSU since Warrick Dunn. 

     

    Jameis Winston

    How will the redshirt freshman respond to his last game, when he threw two interceptions (and for more than 300 yards again)? The safe guess would be that Winston tries to remind everyone why he's college football's next biggest star. 

Wake Forest Players to Watch

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    Tanner Price

    Price is the senior leader of this offense, and has 15 touchdowns this season and as well as  nearly 2,000 passing yards for the third time in his career. If Wake intends to keep it close, Price has to be on his a-game.

     

    Jonathan Williams

    With leading receiver Michael Campanro out for the next four-to-six weeks, Williams will be looked at to fill the void at receiver. Campranro has 803 yards receiving before his injury, and since Williams only has 212 yards, he'll be under pressure to fill some big shoes.

     

What They're Saying

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    Jimbo Fisher on:

     

    Wake Forest

    They play very well. We need to go in there, have a great week of preparation and put this one behind us and move on.

    I think the maturity of this football team, you have to test it every time because all of these games are important games, but you have to learn to move on and don’t dwell on it and remember what’s in front of you and that’s one game at a time. That’s our theory and motto and that’s what we’re going to do and I think our team will respond to that real well.

    (I’m) very proud of the way they played in Saturday’s game, and some of those young guys just handled that situation and everything going on with the game and the competitiveness. I was really proud of some guys that grew in that situation. I’m looking forward to this weekend against Wake.

     

    Wake's Offense

    They’ve changed. They were running all kind of option things early and now they went back to throwing the football, but Tanner Price seems like he’s been there forever and making great decisions.

    It’s a shame their receiver, Michael Campanaro, got hurt. I think he had 67 catches on the year, he’s a heck of a player for them. They were throwing it around, it seemed like they ran a lot of option and they can go back and do some of those things and probably look at some of those things and we’ve got to prepare for both groups. It will be tough. They’ve got a good group

Prediction

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    The Seminoles have been known for their letdowns against lesser opponents, but this year, with this team, they should have no trouble. Wake Forest may try a few trick plays in order to keep it close, but in the end, the talent and skill of FSU will become apparent. The Noles should roll to an easy win and then keep a close eye on the Alabama versus LSU game, just in case Stanford couldn't pull the upset against Oregon.

    Florida State 50, Wake Forest 10

    All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone unless otherwise noted.